Boxing: Denaby fighter Terri Harper set for South Yorkshire title defence

Terri Harper has been handed her date and venue for her world title unification clash with Eva Wahlström - and her South Yorkshire return has been confirmed.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 2:00 pm

The Denaby Main fighter will put her IBO super featherweight title up for grabs against WBC champion Wahlström on February 8 at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield - when Conisbrough heavyweight favourite David Allen will also be in action.

Harper's team had agreed the bout last year, following the successful first defence of her crown against Viviane Obenauf in Manchester, but were awaiting final confirmation.

Finnish opponent Wahlström has suffered just one defeat in her 27-fight career, coming against undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor.

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Having built a large following over her first two years as a professional, Harper is likely to be well-backed in Sheffield, and believes the strong support will push her on.

“I’m really looking forward to be fighting back in Sheffield, this time as a Matchroom fighter and fighting for one of the most prestigious world title belts in my opinion,” the 23-year-old said.

"I know that there’s boxers out there who would give anything for this opportunity that I’ve been given, so we’re leaving no stone left unturned.

“Being local and having the home crowd behind me on the night, the atmosphere is going to be electric - I know this is going to push me on to win the belt not only for me but for every single supporter.”

Allen has set his sights on British heavyweight title glory as he returns to the ring for the first time since defeat to David Price in July.

Having been cleared to return following injuries suffered in the bout, Allen is also looking forward to getting back out in front of local support.

“It’s great to be back boxing and even better it’s at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield,” he said. “I’m coming back to win the British title and that’s my aim for 2020, this is the start of that journey."

The card will be headlined by Kell Brook's return to action for the first time in more than a year as he takes on Mark DeLuca.